Stephen McBrearty, Kilcar
Kilcar are outright leaders in Division One of the Donegal All-County Football League following their two point win over Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon on Sunday afternoon.
Gaoth Dobhair . . . 1-11
Kilcar . . . 2-10
Stephen McBrearty and Pauric McShane scored the goals in the second half that set Kilcar on their way to a second victory over Gaoth Dobhair in six days.
They also defeated the Ulster champions in the Donegal Comórtas Peile Na Gaeltachtá final on Bank Holiday Monday, also in Magheragallon.
The two teams were once again without their county players for what was a backlog game.
However, Kilcar had Mark McHugh, Ciaran McGinley and Stephen McBrearty, who missed the Gaeltacht final on Bank Holiday Monday, back in their side. Michael Hegarty was also absent from the team that won the Gaeltacht final.
Kevin Cassidy returned for Gaoth Dobhair but they were down Peter McGee, Jason McBride and Eamon Collum from Monday’s starting fifteen.
First and foremost this was a right good game of football with quality scores from both sides with Matthew McClean and Mark Sweeney and McBrearty landing fine points for Kilcar.
Conor Boyle and Sean Doherty, with three points each all from play, were the leading marksmen for the hosts while veteran Cassidy netted the goal for the locals.
The locals played against the wind and led by a point, 0-7 to 0-6, at half-time after going 0-4 to 0-2 down at the end of the first quarter.
Mark Sweeney (2), Mark McHugh and Stephen McBrearty kicked the points for Kilcar.
Sean Boyle and Ethan Harkin scored for Gaoth Dobhair.
Gaoth Dobhair, once they settled, had the better of the second quarter with Sean Boyle (3), Sean Doherty and Odhran MacNiallais all hitting the target.
Kilcar got the second half off to a perfect start when Stephen McBrearty converted from the spot after Conor Doherty was hauled down as he bore down on the Gaoth Dobhair posts.
Doherty was very effective in the middle of the field alongside Ciaran McGinley.
By the 40 minute mark Kilcar, who are masters of the possession game, had moved four ahead.
Niall Friel, Cathal Gillespie and Sean Doherty all landed good points while a Matthew McClean brace meant Kilcar were still three up when Pauric McShane got on the end of a good move to drill home goal number three.
The second green flag opened up a six points, 2-10 to 0-10 lead, with a little under ten minutes remaining.
And a late Gillespie point and a Kevin Cassidy fisted goal in the dying seconds only served to narrow the gap.
Kilcar are now two points clear of Naomh Conaill and St Eunans with them all having played five games.
It was a first defeat in four games for Gaoth Dobhair.
GAOTH DOBHAIR: Christopher Sweeney; Prionsas Gallagher, James O’Baoill, Eamon McGee; Niall Friel (0-1), Dan McBride, Conor McFadden; Ronan MacNiallais, Odhran MacNiallais (0-1,1f);Sean Doherty (0-3), Ethan Harkin (0-1), Sean Boyle (0-3); Cian Mulligan, Kevin Cassidy (1-0), Noel Kelly.
Subs: Stephen McFadden for J O’Baoill and Cathal Gillespie (0-2, 1f) for N Kelly, both 36; Noel Kelly for O MacNiallais 42 inj; James O’Baoill for Stephen McFadden, 62.
KILCAR: Eamon McGinley; Pauric Carr, Barry McGinley, Brian O’Donnell; Paddy McShane, Mark McHugh (0-3, 3f),Barry Shovlin; Conor Doherty, Ciaran McGinley; Mark Sweeney (0-3), Stephen McBrearty (1-2, 1-0 penalty), Conor McShane; Matthew McClean (0-2), Aodh McGinley, Stephen Shovlin.
Subs; Pauric McShane (1-0) for S Shovlin, 25 inj; Ryan O’Donnell for B O’Donnell 45 inj.
REFEREE: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh)